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Nov 8, 2023

Awards ceremony culminates successful run for fifth annual Centre Film Festival

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi helped put the finishing touches on a successful run for the fifth annual Centre Film Festival by presenting a major award during the festival’s closing night awards ceremony.

Bendapudi introduced and honored alumnus Gerry Abrams, who received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Abrams has crafted a film and television production career that crosses over numerous genres and spans nearly six decades.

Nov 4, 2023

Under the baobab: Centre Film Festival enhances the cultural vitality in our community


The 5th Annual Centre Film Festival (CFF) opens Monday night at The State Theatre and runs through Sunday, Nov. 5. Founded by artistic director and Penn State associate professor Pearl Gluck, and the late professor Curt Chandler, CFF has become the premiere international film festival in central Pennsylvania. The CFF has grown from presenting 18 films four years ago to screening more than 100 films this year.

Nov 4, 2023

Gary Farmer on Indigenous filmmaking and his role in Centre Film Fest’s ‘Hey Viktor!’

WPSU | By Kristian Berg

Native American actor, producer and director Gary Farmer is in town for the Centre Film Festival. WPSU’s Kristian Berg talked with him yesterday about his work, the state of Native American films, and his part in the film “Hey, Viktor!”, which will play at the State Theatre in downtown State College on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as a part of the festival.

Oct 29, 2023

Sports, horror, drama & more: Movies to watch, what to know for upcoming Centre Film Festival

by Josh Moyer

… Multiple attending directors will travel from around the world to descend on Happy Valley and speak with the audience, two world premieres will take place, a brief concert is planned following a documentary about a punk-rock group returning to Ukraine — and, of course, lots and lots of movies are on tap.

Oct 27, 2023

Centre Film Fest set to bring Hollywood to Happy Valley

by Maria Cade

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Movie lovers are set to gather in Happy Valley for the annual Centre Film Festival.

It runs from Monday, Oct. 30 until Sunday, Nov. 5. The films are being shown in person at different venues like the State Theater and the Rowland Theatre. If you aren’t able to make it in person, you can also stream movies online.

Oct 27, 2023

The Centre Film Fest returns to the Rowland Theatre

by Jacob Michael

PHILIPSBURG — The Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg is not only a historic landmark for the borough of Philipsburg, but is also a cinematic landmark for movie-goers across Centre and Clearfield counties.

Oct 25, 2023

A Happy Return to Happy Valley

by Savita Iyer

Prolific Hollywood producer Gerry Abrams is back in State College to be honored at the Centre Film Festival.

Oct 25, 2023

Centre Film Festival 2023 to Begin October 30

by Gracie Mullan

The Centre Film Festival will return from October 30 to November 5 for its fifth annual festival, showcasing local and international films. The event includes in-person and hybrid viewing options for filmmaker talks, special events, screenings, and more. 

Oct 25, 2023

Centre Film Festival Returns for 5th Year

by Gracie Mullan

Showcasing local and international films, the Centre Film Festival will return for its fifth year from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. The event includes in-person and hybrid viewing options for filmmaker talks, special events, screenings and more. // In-person screenings will take place at the State Theatre in downtown State College and the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg.

Oct 25, 2023 / 01:40 PM EDT


by: Rebecca Petner

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Centre Film Festival is back! Studio 814’s Rebecca Petner sits down with Pearl Gluck, co-founder and artistic director of the Centre Film Festival to hear what is in store for this year’s festival …

Oct 23, 2023

Festival to honor Penn State alum Gerry Abrams with Lifetime Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An award-winning Penn State alumnus who has crafted a film and television production career that crosses over numerous genres and spans nearly six decades will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Centre Film Festival on Nov. 5 at the State Theatre.

OCTOBER 23, 2023 | 14:31


Entering its fifth year, the Centre Film Festival is ready to take a major step. In this episode of COMMversations, Bellisario College faculty member and Centre Film Fest creative director Pearl Gluck and Rowland Theatre director Rebecca Inlow talk all about the festival – this year’s fest, its history and the people who make it happen.

October 19, 2023

Centre Film Festival returns beginning Oct. 30

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s accurate and simple because the Centre Film Festival’s name fits perfectly, both in terms of geography and in terms of what it delivers.

For seven days beginning Oct. 30, the Centre County-based and Penn State-powered festival, with screenings at the State Theatre in State College and the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg, strives to be the center of a filmmaking world that features local and international films, documentary and narrative films, fiction and nonfiction films — all while bringing together an array of audiences in person and online.

October 16, 2023

Centre Film Festival returns Oct. 30-Nov. 5 with ‘something for everyone’

Fifth annual event includes in-person and virtual options, filmmaker talks, special events, theme nights and more than 80 films

October 16, 2023

Centre County’s Film Festival Returns with Local and Global Cinema, Oct. 30-Nov. 5

The Centre Film Festival, supported by Penn State and located in Centre County, will take place from October 30 to November 5. The festival will offer a variety of films, including local and international works, at the State Theatre in State College and the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg. 

October 6, 2023

Pearl Gluck: ‘We all have stories to tell’ – Centre Film Festival co-founder believes shared experiences connect humans

– by Heather Longley

Pearl Gluck is a Happy Valley filmmaker and Penn State associate professor who believes in the transformative power of perspective gained from a shared story.

“Storytelling is useful in many, if not all, contexts — how we engage with people we love, how we do business, how we make change, how we deal with conflict, how we teach,” she said.

October 1, 2023

The Centre Film Festival

As the sun sets on October, film buffs and an interested public in Central Pennsylvania will welcome The Centre Film Festival, which will run this year from Oct. 30 to

August 17, 2023

Save the date: Centre Film Festival returns for fifth year – Event aims to bridge local economy and workforce – by Heather Longley

Get ready to mark your calendars for an exciting cinematic extravaganza in Happy Valley! The fifth annual Centre Film Festival is set to take place from Monday, October 30th to Sunday, November 5th. This highly anticipated event serves as a platform for student filmmakers, independent creators, and established talents to showcase their captivating stories.